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The HOPE projects

The HOPE projects

The range of activities and projects run by or in partnership with The HOPE.

The HOPE Creative

The HOPE Creative offers free online one to one music lessons for children in care aged 6 to 18 years old in Bristol.

The HOPE Creative online one to one lessons

If your child wants to do music lessons and already attends The HOPE Creative, they'll try to pair your child with one of their regular tutors. If they can't do this, they'll give you a tutor with similar skills and experience. All their tutors are qualified, experienced and DBS checked.

The HOPE Creative tailors their online lessons to meet the needs and interests of each young person. They'll arrange a phone call with you before matching your child with a tutor.

Your child doesn't have to choose a specific instrument, although they can if they want to. You don't need any musical equipment at home.

Lessons can be creative and exploratory, develop skills, or both. You can talk to The HOPE Creative about how to make the online format work for your child.

Lessons are held between 9am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday. You get a one hour slot, and you decide how much of the hour your child uses. You agree this with the tutor. You also decide with the tutor how often your child has lessons. The lessons will be over 2 school terms.

Sometimes a member of the Bristol Plays Music team will join a lesson:

  • to check the quality of the lesson, and
  • for safeguarding purposes

A child's social worker can also come to lessons if they want to.

How online lessons work

The HOPE Creative do the lessons on a Microsoft Teams or Zoom video call. They're both free to use.

When you've booked your lessons, The HOPE Creative email you a 'How to guide' for parents and carers. This explains how to join the lessons, and how your tutor will run them.

What you need for online lessons

  • Internet access with a minimum download speed of 8Mbps, and a minimum upload speed of 1.5Mbps. Test your internet speed.
  • A computer, laptop or tablet, like an iPad, with a built-in camera or webcam and a microphone. You can use a smartphone but it's better to use something with a bigger screen.

How to register for online lessons

To find out more or to register for lessons, email bookings@bristolplaysmusic.org. In your email, say that you want more information about The HOPE Creative Online. The HOPE Creative will reply as soon as they can.

Read The HOPE Creative's Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct before your child starts their lessons.

The Letterbox Club

The Letterbox Club is a national project run by BookTrust.

In 2021 about 150 pupils from Years N2, 1, 3,  5 and 7 are taking part in the project.

Each child is sent a parcel of books, maths games and stationery once a month for 6 months, from May 2021.

BookTrust commissioned a report on Reading in Foster Families.

My Books

My Books is a project run by Bristol Libraries and The HOPE.

In 2020, the project includes over 50 children from Years 2, 4 and 6.

From September 2020 a parcel containing a book, resources and fun educational materials is sent to the child's home setting each month for 6 months.

The foster carer also gets a letter with hints and tips on how to use the packs and information about Bristol Libraries.

The progress of every child taking part in The Letterbox Club and My Books is tracked in The HOPE's database.

Visits to universities

The HOPE organises visits to universities for young people in care to get a taster of higher education as an option for their future.

National Citizen Service (NCS)

The NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the chance to embark on exhilarating challenges and build skills for work and life.  

The service offers a 2 or 3 week programme in teams of 15 young people. 

The 3 week programme includes:

  • an adventure week away
  • a week of developing your skills
  • a week to design and deliver a social action project of your choice 

The 2 week programme is exactly the same, however it's more suitable for those who prefer not to stay away from home, as it does not include the first adventure week.

The NCS takes place in the local community outside term time. Care experienced young people are eligible for a bursary.

Find out more about the NCS

Some of The HOPE's young people have taken part in the NCS. Read about their experiences (pdf, 92KB) (opens new window) .

Children’s University 

The Children's University (CU) is a charity that runs  activities and experiences outside normal school hours for:

  • 7 to 14 year olds
  • 5 to 6 year olds, with their families

Bristol’s CU is run by the University of the West of England, but CU also runs nationally.

Children and young people collect 'stamps' and hours of accredited learning on a ‘Passport To Learning’. This is followed by a graduation ceremony when they finish. 

If you're a carer or social worker living in or near Bristol, find out what the CU is doing in your area.

If you don’t live near Bristol, find out what the CU is doing near you.

You can also email katherine.juniper@bristol.gov.uk, The HOPE’s Inclusion and Participation Lead, to find out more.

Work experience

The HOPE can sometimes help arrange work experience for young people in care. Some of Bristol City Council's departments have been able to provide opportunities, such as the Legal team. Contact The HOPE lead for the young person if you have questions.